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Tops to donate rare orange lobster to Aquarium of Niagara

"Larry the Lobster" was found at Tops on Transit Road in Lockport
Larry the Lobster
Posted at 10:11 AM, Sep 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-12 10:11:10-04

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Aquarium of Niagara will welcome a rare orange lobster after it was discovered at Tops Friendly Market on Transit Road in Lockport.

The aquarium says a representative from the seafood department found the lobster last Saturday and reached out to the aquarium.

“My assistant manager opened the box, looked at him, and thought, ‘who put a cooked lobster in with the regular lobsters,’” said Tops Friendly Markets Seafood Manager Margie McKenzie. “She did a Google search and realized orange lobsters are pretty rare. We just want him to have a permanent home and not end up on someone’s dinner plate.”

The lobster, known simply as, "Larry" is between five and seven years old and weighs just over a pound.

Larry was shipped to Western New York from Boston after he was caught in Maine.

Larry will join "Blue" a rare blue lobster who was discovered at Wegmans on Military Road in Niagara Falls in 2011.

“We have seen that our visitors have become increasingly less interested in goods and services, and instead seek out interactive experiences,” said Aquarium of Niagara Executive Director Gary Siddall. “Ambassador animals provide educational and inspiring experiences that inspire future scientists and foster a desire to protect the aquatic world.”